Wednesday 10 August 2022

2022 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Steam Gala

The 2022 North Yorkshire Moors Annual Steam Gala will have up to 13 locomotives in steam, from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September. 

The line up has been confirmed for the full list up of visiting locomotives, LNER A4 'Sir Nigel Gresley' No. 60007, BR Standard 5 No. 73156 and No. 85 Taff Vale Railway Class 02 will be visiting for this hugely popular event.

During the four days services will call at Pickering, Levisham, Newtondale Halt (by request), Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby stations.

 Image courtesy Andrew Jeffery

Visiting Locomotives

LNER A4 'Sir Nigel Gresley' No. 60007

Fresh from overhaul, the locomotive will be joining the event once again, courtesy of The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd, and will be in its temporary semi-matt black livery, unfortunately, the repaint to Caledonian Blue has been delayed as further work is carried out on the locomotive. 

2022 also marks 85 years since the locomotive first entered service in November 1937. When built, the locomotive was originally going to have been called Bittern until someone noticed that this would be the 100th Gresley-designed Pacific. So it was decided to name her after her designer Sir Nigel Gresley. 

The "Stevenson Locomotive Society Special" on the 23rd May 1959 was the first train in the UK with a booked or advertised schedule of over 100mph and on that trip No. 60007 set the official post-war speed record for steam traction of 112 mph.  

BR Standard 5 No. 73156

No. 73156 will be visiting courtesy of the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, is only one of five surviving Standard Class 5 locomotives from the 172 originally built by British Railways Workshops between 1951 and 1956. It returned to service for the first time since withdrawal from British Railways in October 2017.

The locomotive was one of nine examples built at Doncaster, emerging from the Plant in December, 1956 and, together with four others, was allocated to Neasden depot (34E) at the London end of the Great Central main line. No. 73156 arrived at Neasden on 6th January, 1957, one day after No. 73155 and the two supplemented some seventy other steam locomotives from nine different classes. The depot also serviced locomotives arriving from the North, particularly from Leicester Central.

The Neasden Standard Class 5s took up various diagrams, including working the titled and other express passenger trains, The Master Cutler and The South Yorkshireman. Image courtesy Andrew Jeffery

No. 85 Taff Vale Railway Class 02

No. 85 visits courtesy of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Haworth, this locomotive also worked at the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery, like our very own No. 29 'Peggy'. originally built for service in the Welsh Valleys north of Cardiff, No. 85 was deemed surplus to requirements at the time of the grouping in 1923 and was withdrawn by the Great Western Railway in 1927. In 1929, now numbered 426, it made the long journey north to the Durham coalfields where it remained in service, as NCB No. 52, until 1968.

The locomotive was bought by the KWVR and brought to Haworth for a new life on passenger services in 1970. During the gala the locomotive will team up with No. 29, ‘Peggy’ on select services. Image courtesy Tom Noble

Home Fleet Locomotives
BR 9F No. 92134
S15 No. 825
Black 5 Eric Treacy No. 5428
Award-winning Lucie No. 8
SR Schools Repton No. 926 BR Standard 4 No. 76079
BR Standard 4 Tank No. 80136
Q6 No. 63395
J27 No. 65894
Peggy No. 29
All locomotives are subject to availability.

Other Activities
During the weekend stations along the line will be hosting exciting events of their own such as the Annual Steam Gala Beer Festival which sees Goathland (Thu 1130-1800 & Fri-Sun 1130-2300) and Levisham (Thu & Sun 1100-1900 and Fri & Sat 1100-2300) offering a wide selection of real ales from local breweries. Station Tea Rooms and Levisham Tea Hut will be open for refreshments.

Live Music at Goathland Station Beer Festival (details to be announced). A later service will run on Friday & Saturday evening from Pickering to Grosmont and back for any late passengers from the Beer Festival.

Trade stalls will also be at Pickering Station including the LNER Coach Association and The Dame Vera Lynn Fundraising Group.

The Shed Shop at Grosmont (visit via the foot tunnel) has a fantastic range of Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol model railway items, some often at less than RRP, great for adding to your model railway layout. Open each day 1000 - 1700.